Part of the beauty of visiting the Siyi areas is that everything is a "time machine" where you'll realize exactly what the place looked like generations ago. Sure, the renovation costs may be high but concrete buildings and lifeless structures don't compare to what's currently there. It's too bad that the rapid urbanization has actually hit Hoiping. Judging off of China's past attempts at such rapid tourism, it's going to be another modern ghost town. I know it's not optimistic, but hopefully, there are something residents can do to save even the smallest bit of Chikkan.
Thanks for sharing debbie,,
it's sad but an interesting read.
Last Edit: Sept 14, 2017 21:21:52 GMT -5 by matthew: clarity
Hi Mathew, Thank you for your reply and concern. My family and I are planning to visit our ancestral Chan 陳 village next year. It is called Dalang or Dalangcun in Kaiping and on the map it looks close by to Chikan Town. So I am hoping that the village will still be there when we go which is the main purpose of this trip. Trying to find someone to go to the village that lives in Kaiping.
Post by chansomvia on Sept 30, 2017 5:28:32 GMT -5
I returned from Taisan and spent some time in Sun Vui (Xinhui) before heading to our Chan village. We had a relative who took us to Kaiping to look at the sights. Kaiping is a modern city with many taxi drivers using the Chinese GPS and can take you to the village which you say is Dalangchun. It should not be a problem to reach the village as the co-ordinates and google map has been found by the learned folks from this forum.
Once you are in the village you need to find your relatives and/or residence, my taxi driver asked folks around and as most have wechat contacts one thread led to another. Much more useful if you had the information in Chinese. It is unlikely that the village will be completely razed down.
I did not ask to get into contact with the officials who can be difficult to communicate with, most of their maps are in Chinese and they usually speak Mandarin, also difficult to find the right official.
The alternative is to commission Henry's nephew who can save you a lot of time and legwork, this gentleman speaks Cantonese and Mandarin and some English. He has an email, wechat,and Henry can put you in touch with him. He is very reliable and hard-working.
Last Edit: Sept 30, 2017 5:33:57 GMT -5 by chansomvia